Command Stranges’ latest release flips the script once again and finds this talented and prolific producer team up with a host of exciting artists for the Lifetime EP. More
Innovation : New Years Eve – London
Fire / Lightbox
39 Parry Street, Vauxhall, London SW8 1RT
DATE / TIME
31st December 2016
8pm – 8am
The annual Innovation: United As One, New Years Eve spectacular returns to the Fire & Lightbox complex for a huge party in the heart of the capital to see in 2017 WITH A BANG!
12 hours of raving across 5 unique arena’s, host by:
Innovation | Devotion | Epidemik | MC Kie Presents
The Venue: Incredible 2500 capacity complex with 5 arenas of thumping sound plus dazzling lighting, lasers and effects! It also has one of the best smoking areas in London!
Sumptuous outdoor smoking area with covered seating area with heating, outdoor bar and stalls serving hot food….it’s the perfect chill out spot!
Photo ID Entry Policy
This event is for over 18s only.
NO ID = NO ENTRY
It is essential to produce a valid form of photographic identification for scanning on Club Scan, regardless of age.
MAIN ARENA – DRUM & BASS
SASASAS (Exclusive London Headliner)
TNA – Dominator, Azza & Grima (Midnight Set)
DJ Guv | Logan D | Grooverider | Phantasy | Macky Gee
Modified Motion | Voltage | Nicky Blackmarket
DJ Ollie | Hizzleguy | Cotesy | Probe
Skibadee | Shabba | Harry Shotta | Stormin | Eksman | IC3
Ragga Twins | Fatman D | Navigator | MC Det | Grima | Azza
DrEps | Phantom | AC MC | Kombo | Miss Melody
Mykstar | MC CD | Eruption | Ven | Fury
JUNGLE ARENA – EPIDEMIK
David Boomah (Live PA)
Uncle Dugs (Midnight Set)
Jumping Jack Frost | Bryan G | Remarc
Missrepresent | Terry M | Social Logic | Kezman
Parker | Jamid | Remixx
MC’s Bellyman | Funktion | Ribs | Chucky
Pied Piper & MC Kie (Midnight Set)
Matt C | True | Hamish Fry
Stevie D B2B Lex Beatz | Dynasty
Danny Bear | 2Rude
MC’s Onyx Stone | Funzo B
Arena 5 – NBG
The best up & coming drum and bass
played by the Nu:Bass Generation
Alex Prestige has a string of drum and bass hits to his name and now he brings that almighty force to the legendary Serial Killaz label with the ‘Insane People’ EP. Full of B Movie inspired samples and a combination of dancefloor smashers and head rocking beats, this EP will fit into any DJs virtual record box whatever their requirements.
‘Flea’ kicks off proceedings with its grungy bassline and simplistic beat structure that gels with the overall tune structure like Super Glue. It’s a relentless piece of jump up that rarely stops to give you a breather.
You have no doubt already heard ‘Way It Is’. It’s been almost impossible to get away from this tune over the last 3 months and to be honest, it’s had such a well deserved reception it’s no wonder why. With its DJ friendly intro and crushing swing beats it’s certainly a deadly weapon and will have crowds bouncing like nobody’s business.
‘Stressed Out’ takes a totally different approach with vintage oriental samples leading the way for a mere 20 seconds before crashing into a deadly drop of destruction. This one is certainly firing on all cylinders!
The title track of the EP ‘Insane People’ gives a false pretence of calm, building up with pads, and soft hi hats but that’s about as relaxing as it gets. When Alex Prestige makes a bonkers track he really does set his mind to it and this one is certainly no exception.
‘Injury’ has a similar build as ‘Insane People’ although leads into a totally different direction. Rather than crazy midrange bass lines, this one opts for growling, sliced bass notes, crunchy snares and haunting pads.
Don’t sleep on this, it’s a massive collection of brand new beats for your ear.
Words: Jamie S23
Omni Music presents the sounds of another universe, a new plethora of sounds from infinite possibilities. Featuring a selection of remixes from Escharton’s Icaros LP, the remixers flip the sounds on their head and create something really special, along with a few unreleased gems from Eschaton. With a range of styles to suit almost anyone, this is an LP that belongs in everyone’s universe.
If Technique’s Spanish connection have flown under your radar so far, here’s your chance to catch up. Now, as the rest of us know, they might be drawing from neuro and tech influences, but producers Alerstorm and Ice Stereo, aka Gradual, have been quietly and methodically evolving their own formula. Not only does this three track EP represent some of Gradual’s most individual and technically advanced work to date but, crucially, it’s free!
First up is Ignis. Right from the intro, Gradual show that they’re creating a template all of their own. They’ve got that tech-sensibility in there, as percussive elements develop and morph. But the strings and chord changes add a touch of euphoria to proceedings. Then the drop, made from a grimy sub, a popping two-step rhythm and sparsely paranoid synth modulations, is tinted with colours straight from the neuro palette. All that, plus the skankers paradise half-time section in the second drop show that these producers are refusing to stay pigeon-holed.
Penguins harks back to the funky techstep we were used to around the turn of the millennium. As the groove emerges from a cloud of reverb, it becomes clear that catchy hooks aren’t just the preserve of jump-up. That militant synth line in the top-end is going to get right inside our minds and stay there. When that’s combined with the precision-tooled drums and speaker-rupturing jabs of bass, this is set to do serious dancefloor damage.
Finally, Space Law comes into effect. This one’s, quite simply, dangerous. The moment you hit play, it’s already building, with synth-pizzicato and rolling toms warning us of the tactical nuke that’s coming. When the kick-build adds it’s weight, the ravers better get set to go in hard. The drop strikes with tectonic sweeps of bass that rip through the low-end and mid-range, supported by those glisteningly-clean drums we’ve come to expect from Gradual. It’s dancefloor technique in action.
So, don’t be fooled by the price tag. It might not cost any money, but there’s nothing cheap about this release. These tunes are mature, assured pieces of D&B production that are bound to cement this duo’s reputation. Better get ready to see a lot more of Gradual in 2017.